February 22nd, 2012

Moira’s Tax Trap

A quick read of the papers recently would make you think that Moira Stuart has been up to a bit of a tax fiddle. The truth is that she has, like thousands of people, just arranged her affairs in a perfectly legitimate way which results in her paying less tax. Moira’s ‘crime’ was to put £40,000 of income through her own limited company.

Moira’s made the news though for two reasons though. First, she’s the face of HMRC and secondly, tax avoidance is now culturally frowned upon (unlike illegal tax evasion which has been frowned upon for many years!).

The climate of austerity, together with a feeling that big companies and wealthy individuals get away with not paying their fair share, has now trickled down to criticism of ‘ordinary’ people for doing basic tax planning. HMRC must be thrilled.

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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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